Author(s): Malorie Blackman
Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage and becomes determined to find out more. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner . . . The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.
Thought-provoking brilliance The Sunday Times Complex but beautifully crafted ... dramatic, intensely moving ... it truly ensnares the reader Carousel A perfect end to an important and thought-provoking trilogy -- Sarah Harbon The Bookseller Checkmate once again explores the lasting impact of prejudice, discrimination and the legacy of traumatic family history...Readers will not be dissapointed Publishing News Blackman is a terrific thriller writer, driving her plots forward with skill and tenacity -- Dinah Hall Evening Standard
MALORIE BLACKMAN has written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children's books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature. She has been described by The Times as 'a national treasure'. Malorie Blackman was the Children's Laureate 2013-15.